Since we have already had a good discussion about Performance Improvement Plans on this forum, I was wondering if anyone wanted to discuss how promotions work (or previously worked) in their employment history. I know things can be different between small and large companies (and certainly if you're self employed!), and I'm hoping to learn something new about the process in other industries or institutions.I'll go first:I work for a fairly small company (about 50 people) and so I would say that the organizational structure of the company is pretty flat. There are position titles, but I have personally found them to be somewhat arbitrary and relative to what is needed at the time, rather than tied to a rigid set of criteria. As such, raises have never seemed tied to titles. I have found instead that one's compensation is more directly tied to the value that they are perceived to bring to the company (and which can be self-noted during yearly performance reviews).How do promotions work for you?
I always find the Harvard Business Review to a great source of insight on topics such as this. It's often pitched to executives or executive wannabes but the insight often applies to commoners as well. For example there's a 2015 article You Don't Need a Promotion to Grow at Work that specifically speaks to flat organizations. A rift on your question that might not hit as close to home for folks might be what keeps you motivated. A promotion is one of multiple tools to recognize and reward employee performance as well as current and future potential.